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Canada holds emergency debate on aboriginal suicide crisis

Canada's parliament has agreed to hold an emergency debate on a suicide crisis in a remote aboriginal community after 11 people, nine of them minors, attempted suicide over the weekend.

More than a dozen youths were overheard making a suicide pact.

Charlie Angus, who represents the northern Ontario community of Attawapiskat, said they need to address the crisis.

Attawapiskat, population 2,000, declared a state of emergency on Saturday. There have been about 100 suicide attempts since September and at least one death.

Anna Betty Achneepineskum of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation said police took a nine-year-old and 12 others to hospital on Monday for an evaluation after hearing them make a suicide pact.

The crisis highlights the often bleak conditions for Canada's indigenous peoples.

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